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Painting the Town Maroon and Gold

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It's that time of year again. High school teams are fighting for state championship titles in a number of sports. And, all across our area towns are showing their support for their local athletes.

In Stockton, Illinois, fans have been working all week to paint the town maroon and gold ahead of Saturday's big game.

Sign after sign after sign, the message in Stockton is clear: This town is proud of its high school football team.

And they have a lot to be proud of.

The Stockton Blackhawks, undefeated in Class 1A football, are going up against a team from just up the road, the Lena Panthers, in a state quarterfinal game on Saturday.

Stockton residents say the signs up all over the Main Street area and for several miles up Route 20 are as much for their own team as they are for the Panthers as they're rolling into town:

"They are going to see a lot of maroon and gold and they are going to know that they're in our house," Lauryn Woolcock, a senior at Stockton High School, said.

Whether they're hand lettered, professionally printed, or even one painted on the side of a semi truck, all of the signs highlight the community-wide effort that went into this spirit display.

"Over 50 signs have been made, starting Monday night," Peggy Harmston, a Stockton parent and long-time community member, said.

"The community gathered together, the teachers gathered together," she added.

"We started painting for hours and then stenciling and then putting them up," Woolcock said. "It's taken a lot of time but it's definitely worth it."

Stockton football fans are hoping to see the payoff on the field on Saturday, and everyone we talk to here in town had their own predictions about what the final score will be:

"Might be a tight one like 25-20," one young fan told us.

"40-20 Stockton," Woolcock predicted.

"I think it's going to be like 10-20 Stockton," predicted another young fan.

"Win or lose, the Blackhawks football team can certainly take a lot of pride in their season to this point, and in knowing just how proud their hometown is of them.

With all of the signs lining the streets, it's a message that's hard to miss.

KWQC will have a crew at Saturday's game in Stockton as the Blackhawks take on the Lena Panthers.

Kick off is at 1 p.m.

We'll also be covering a number of other state championship playoff games in Illinois, including Mercer County taking on Farmington in Aledo.